I really like to cook, as I'm sure you've realized by now. If you haven't, I really hope you're pretty or have another redeeming quality to make up for your lack of common sense. Anyways, because I like to cook, I tend to make almost all of my meals, and rarely eat out. That being said, I'm only human and sometimes my hectic schedule leaves me too busy to pack my lunch. When that happens and I'm at work and H.A.F. (hangry as fuck), I treat myself to my favorite healthy "fast-food": Bibigo. If you've never heard of Bibigo, its basically like Korean Subway. They start you off with a "hot stone", a scaulding stone bowl (and a lawsuit waiting to happen). Then they fill it with either rice or soba noodles, a shit ton of veggies of your choice, protein, a fried egg, and your choice of sauce. I call them Jesus glory bowls, because those are the only words that can describe the experience of eating one.
Well today I had plenty of time to make myself lunch. But I really fucking wanted some Bibigo, and no other meal would suffice my hot stone hankering. So hell, why not make my own? Sure I don't have a hot stone because I'm not some Korean master chef, but I can certainly throw together something close enough to satisfy my Jesus glory bowl cravings.
And satisfy did I ever. This delicious bowl hit all the right spots (not in a sexual way). I cooked up some buckwheat soba noodles, and coated them with a homemade tahini-sesame sauce that created the most magnificent umami flavor. I tossed some kale with sesame oiland chopped up a few veggies from my fridge, and topped it all with a soft boiled egg. I know I just said there's nothing sexual about this meal, but I retract that, because there is something so sexy about a cut-open soft boiled egg. When the yolk oozes out of the egg and into the bowl, its simply magical. Magically delicious (credit: Lucky Charms).
This bowl is super easy to throw together, and can be customizable with your favorite vegetables. Plus the dressing recipe makes about 4 servings, which means you can make this bowl a couple of times, or use the leftover dressing for another recipe. Start to finish, this soba noodle bowl took about 15 minutes to make, and about 5 minutes to inhale. Make this recipe for a taste of Bibigo inside your own home!
Vegetarian Soba Noodle Bowl with Tahini-Sesame Dressing
SERVINGS: 1 large bowl PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 6 mins DIFFICULTY: Easy
- 1 bundle of buckwheat
- 1 cup baby kale, stems removed
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/4 cup scallions, sliced
- 1/4 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup tahini (can be found in the ethnic aisle at most supermarkets)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
- Cook soba noodles in boiling water according to package directions (approximately 3-4 minutes) and drain.
- Bring a small saucepan filled with water to a rolling boil, and place egg in water. Continue boiling for exactly 6 minutes before removing and rinsing with cool water. Peel egg and set aside.
- While noodles and eggs are cooking, make dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a mason jar and vigorously shake until combined (or stir in a small bowl). Dressing cooked noodles with 4 tablespoons of dressing, and reserve 2 more to drizzle on finished bowl.
- Massage kale with sesame oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Quickly sautee mushrooms in a skillet over high heat for 1 minute.
- Assemble bowl with noodles first, and then topping with raw peppers, scallions, mushrooms, kale, and egg sprinkled with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and then cut open the egg to release the yolk. Serve with reserved dressing.
Adapted from "I Will Not Eat Oysters"